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RASS: Reference and Adult Services Section

RASS MASTER CONVERSATION                              RASS MINI-GRANTS                                    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE



Join our RASS Master Conversation 

Thank you to all those who participated in our initial RASS Master Conversation on April 27, 2018. About 20 RASS members met, led by facilitator Ron Kirsop. Some of the outcomes included:

  • Reinvigorating RASS will take time and effort over the next few years.
  • We can start by improving communication among our members. To this end, we are using the nyla-rass email discussion list to start online conversations.
  • The RASS Board will consider creating an action plan for the next 3-5 years to define our section's identity and develop initiatives that support that identity.
  • The Master Conversation started the process, examining our values, our needs, and our identity. We will continue this process through member engagement and increased communication.

Now the Conversation Continues at NYLA! If you are a RASS Member and are attending NYLA 2018 in Rochester, please come to the continuation of this Master Conversation at our Membership Meeting, Saturday morning at 11 am (Session #8). The Board will provide refreshments - of course including RASS-berries! Tell us your professional needs and wants, and share your thoughts on our identity as the Reference & Adult Services Section of NYLA. We can't do this without you!


Congratulations to Jose-Rodriguez HernandoCoordinator of Adult Services at Patchogue-Medford Public Library. He is the 2018 RASS Dewey Fellow for the NYLA Conference & Trade Show in Rochester, NY. If you see him, say "Hi, I'm a RASS Member, too!"



Statement of purpose

The purpose of the Reference and Adult Services Section is to represent and promote the interests of librarians and information providers from all types of libraries who are concerned with the development of general and specialized reference, information and resource sharing services, and with the improvement of library services, materials, and programs for adults. The Section provides opportunities for networking, continued professional development, and the addressing of issues of statewide concern to its members